Monday, February 22, 2016

Mixed Media - Bringing ONE to LIfe!


Day 6...
7 days of 7 2015 projects. 

Thank you so much for nominating me to share my creations... 
Candy Colwell. 

In the beginning... it was just the POWER OF ONE. 

And then creation began with a little SNAP and CRACKLE.... 
ending with a POP of new life! 

From beginning to end... it was an inspirational journey.  In the beginning...came the seed in my mind the popped up thru the crackled ground of my heart and exploded with a pop into an example of the magnificent, omnipresent POWER of ONE.  

And here is the story...  

I began by prepping the wooden #1 (created here at the ranch by hubby) with gesso. Then painted it with Pebeo Precious Gold Irridescent paint.

The goal was to use only one color scheme for the entire project. I chose gold.  Please know that although some of the pictures make it look like there is a greenish tint - there were only shades of light and dark gold colors used in the entire project.  

While waiting for that to dry I begin assembling what I hoped would look rather like a the solar system!  In my "found objects" I had a half metal strip, an old pierced hoop earring, a very long nail, a washer, wire and part of a metal lid.  Together this made "outer space"!  Just nailed the nail right into the wood - so easy!

All the metal for the solar system was painted with Adirondack Alcohol Ink. I used several different shades of golden colors.

Later towards the end of creating - I added the round believe word tag and the little crystal from an old necklace.  There was just something fun about how they could hang from the other pieces.

Then I begin adding some personality - a bit of paper with words on it as well as crackle paste.  Here are some pictures of the crackle up close but most of it got covered up in the end.   After the crackle was dry I went over it with various shades of gold distress paint.

Then using only one stencil and one stamp set on this project - The Crafter's Workshop Sunburst stencil and Tim Holtz letters.  I added the "sunshine" rays to help my little seedling grow and began stamping the letters for the side on grunge board with archival ink. I cut the letters out by hand but cheated a little on the center of the O and the D - just painted it white!!!

I used a big brush pen to color the letters and accented them with Wink of Stella pens for a bit of sparkle. I also used the same pens to accent the sunrays with some shining sparkle after stenciling them with walnut stain distress ink. 

Here is a picture with flash to show the Wink of Stella on the rays! 

Out came the Fiber Paste to which I added burnt umber acrylic paint to make 'mud'!  By then it was getting late and the mud was the exact color of chocolate ice cream. Seriously - it made my mouth water - now HOW silly is that???  I didn't stop to get some of the real stuff though (good girl)!

While the "chocolate" fiber paste was still wet, the seeds were planted.  Yes - they are real seeds and it was a tedious undertaking. 

While my luscious chocolate earth was receiving it's seedling additions (translation... drying!)...  I began fussy cutting out my seedling plant.  Originally I painted the little stem and two leaves onto the wood but of course - there was no dimension so added two more layers of fussy cut card stock stems and leaves. I just drew them by hand and used pitt pens to decorate the veins. Loved finger painting them with silks so their veins would show well and they would have a bit of shine as well as color variation.  I also attached the seedling with glossy accents so that helped with the shine too.

On to the back of the Power of One!  

TIMELESS... that's how I think of anything inspirational and spiritual - TIMELESS.  I painted the timeless die cut with rusty hinge distress ink - which to me is gold when dried and edged it with a black pit pen and white uni-ball pen.

Then began the fun part - the metal!!  I just used old watch findings and a big watch spring.  Around that I added some beads, some filigree metal balls, and even some black snaps.  I set the black beads in clear glass bead texture gel.

Why the snaps???  Ok so it's just a funny thing that came to mind one night as I was trying to go to sleep.  You see...
I had the CRACKLE... then when I was adding the seeds I inadvertently ran across some POPcorn.   Sooooo don't you think I had to have the SNAP too?????  Hehehehehehhe!!! 

I also liked the little Idea-ology Small Talk sticker that says:
'always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder'.

At the very top and over the side... is a fussy cut picture of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam.  Just seems right for this piece.

The cheese cloth was sprayed with Gossamer Gold Lindy's Stamp Spray.  I added it because it just reminded me of how everything in our lives from beginning to end is intertwined.  

Added a couple of small rocks from the walking trail at the ranch and I think that completes this mixed media creation!

Thanks bunches for taking the time to stop by and read.  I just love being able to share with my creative and artistic family.
Hugs, joi.



Candy C said...

Holy Guacamole! This piece is so awesome and inspired! I love the concept of going with the gold tones. Such a great base color for your added alcohol inked metal pieces and the "dirt brown" lettering. Then the addition of real seeds....very earthy and amazing! The solar system is a neat concept and definitely lends itself to the idea that everything is really interwoven and touches or affects something else at some point in time. Beautiful piece, Joi!

Astrid Maclean said...

That is One amazing project!!! I don't need to say much more, Candy has pretty much said it all. A fantastic inspirational project!!

Pamellia said...

Oh, I remember this one Joi, what an incredible project!! You are definitely picking some of my favs to showcase! hugs :)

Pawsitively Creative said...

Beautiful showcase and so many textures, I want to reach out and touch your 1! Love the story that went along with the creation of this design and also that you DH made the 1! That 1 is a keeper for sure! 1 thing that stood out to me the most was the rays! Wowzers! Such a genius effect and so wowzers! Awesome sauce and fantabulous! Hugz. ~Niki